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Conservation police officer Leo Finn (right) inspects a backpack from a group of teens who were walking off trail at Starved Rock State Park. Though this search came up clean, marijuana and other drug use has increased at some state parks.  NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Tom Collins ~ NewsTribune.com ~
 
For state Conservation Police, finding nature lovers not only carrying cannabis but sometimes firing it up in plain sight is not unusual.

Tim Rearden ~ Newsnet5.com ~
 
The initiative, which would expunge criminal records for past cannabis convictions if marijuana becomes legal, received the necessary 1,000 signatures from registered Ohio voters.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signs bills Tuesday in Honolulu, including two on medical marijuana. (Cathy Bussewitz / Associated Press)
Natalie Schachar ~ Los Angeles Times ~
 
Fifteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, the state plans to begin licensing pot dispensaries.

A grow light shines through the leaves of a cannabis plant at Northern Lights grow facility in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
 
As the number of medical marijuana shops and dispensary-related crimes in Colorado Springs has fallen over the past five years, medical pot tax revenue in El Paso County has soared.

Photo: Stella Hwang/Flickr
FOX 12 Staff ~ KPTV.com   ~
 
The airport is allowing travelers to board with the legal amount of marijuana on flights that take off and land within Oregon's borders.

The Miami-Dade County commission meets on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. David Santiago ? El Nuevo Herald
Douglas Hanks ~ Miami Herald ~
 
Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — by issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal system.

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